As normal as norm, lazy journalism once again reared its head during Arsene Wenger’s pre Napoli press conference. The gunner’s manager was confronted with questions of having missed out on signing the then Real Madrid Centre Forward Gonzalo Higuain during the summer transfer window for a shattering 35million Euros. In his response, the Gunners’ boss went on to set the record straight;
“There were a lot of statements that were not true about Higuain. He has joined Benitez. He is in good hands and shows he is a great striker [but] we have Olivier Giroud who shows as well that he is a great striker”
For the many who had assessed the situation right from the rumors stage, there always were doubts of whether Higuain was the perfect fit of the kind of striker Arsenal needed leading into the 13/14 season. His work rate had been a bother to even the former Madrid manager Jose Mourinho who was once quoted to have stated that had Higuain had his way, he would make it to the training grounds in his Pyjamas. Not only that, it was always hard to see any variation from the already present Lukas Podolski;s game that Higuain’s introduction to the squad could bring about.
The questions were no surprise given that this evening Arsenal will be coming up against Gonzalo Higuain’s current team Napoli, in a Champions League tie where they (Arsenal) only have to avoid a 3goals margin defeat in order to progress to the next round of the last 16 in the completion.
Speaking about tonight’s game and the potential threat of elimination at the group stages despite leading the group with 12 points, the Arsenal manager described the game as one of the defining encounters of this their season and called on his players to produce a more than an average performance in the Naples. “Will the next three games define our season? Tomorrow’s game certainly [will], it is to be in the Champions League or not.” The manager is quoted to have said.